NOVEMBER 1ST 2017
DR JACOB GEORGE PISSED OFF WITH THE ON OFF SPINS ON MH370 DECIDES A REVISIT OF AN ARTICLE HE WROTE IN 2016 AS TIME HOLDS STILL!
‘I am certain that in this age and time, with the sophistication of satellite technology and assets in the air and space, for an airliner with 239 people from several countries on board, to simply vanish is ridiculous!’
‘Is it time to stop the rot and come out with the truth no matter, how unpalatable, distasteful or political havoc, it may result to the airline industry, stakeholders and the power politics and invincible hands behind, that manipulate moves, which affects the course of history but in this case – to finally – tell the truth and give still mourning families a closure!’
Consumerist: MH370 – The Family Need Closure Not More Media Spins!
Two years since the disappearance of MH370, with many of its twist and turns, finds, claims, counterclaims, allegations, spooks, even wild exposures, spin, it remains one of aviation’s greatest mysteries and one that will not go away despite inexplicable eerie silence from those who we expect to protect public policy, interest and most importantly, consumers who use the service of airlines and the MH370 families left behind without closure.
The flight took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia early in the morning, bound for Beijing.
At 1:19 a.m., as the plane was flying over the South China Sea, we are told that Malaysian air traffic controllers radioed the crew to contact controllers in Ho Chi Minh City for the onward flight through Vietnamese airspace.
The crew’s acknowledgment of the request was the last thing ever heard from MH370: “Good night Malaysian three-seven-zero.”
Shortly afterward, air traffic controllers in Malaysia lost contact with the plane somewhere over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam.
The aircraft’s transponder, which identifies the plane and relays details like altitude and speed to controllers, was alleged to have stopped transmitting.
MH370 seemingly disappeared without a trace or did it really?
Inexplicably, and to illustrate incompetence at the highest levels, Malaysian authorities revealed later that a military radar had tracked the plane as it inexplicably changed course, turned back to the west and flew across the Malaysian Peninsula, up the Strait of Malacca, before flying out of radar range at 2:14 a.m. and vanishing once again.
Why there was no official protocol response to such a reality, like sending up fighter jets scrambling – was never answered satisfactorily by any quarter – all covering for themselves and others in the chain of idiocies, in a land where free speech is looked upon as a ‘privilege’ rather than a constitutional right?
I am also certain that in this age and time and with the sophistication of satellite technology and assets in the air and space for an airliner with 239 people on board to simply vanish is ridiculous!
The mystery of what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has gripped the world.
So far the tabloids and media have had a field day disrespecting families that are still in a state of mourning and no closure!
For example media giants – CNN has seen its ratings soar by broadcasting nonstop coverage of the missing airplane.
Yes, we also have millions of people and other groups both private citizens and others driven to take up a course to care and serve and do their bit by scouring satellite images of the oceans looking for pieces of debris or setting up conversations and the exchange of updates to keep the issue in the public forum which I am certain irritates the powers that be who want it gone – period!
Recently there are endless claims of breakthroughs and finds which is great for a media spin and photo shoots but hurting and reopens unhealed wounds among families and loved ones!
There was recently a report of wreckage of a crashed plane containing a Malaysian flag found in a remote island in Southern Philippines, then, there was that flaperon, which was found on La Reunion in July, by the French body responsible for civil aviation accident investigations.
If we remember at the time of the discovery on the French territory last month, Malaysian officials stated that it was ‘almost certain’ the wing flap came from a Boeing 777 – the same model as the Malaysian airlines jet.
The 6ft-long wing flap washed up 3,500 miles from the doomed jet’s last-known location, had really fueled hopes across the world that one of aviation’s greatest mysteries could finally be solved.
But since then that has gone cold too, despite my conversation with the DCA Chief when we had a conversation on what was to be expected as he checked in at the KLIA airport to fly out to France and with me flying to Vietnam!
But since that event – a piece of suspected plane wreckage was found on a beach in southern Thailand, prompting speculation it might belong to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The large piece of curved metal washed ashore in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, according to a local official.
Villagers discovered the piece of metal and reported it to the authorities to help identify it.
Villagers found the wreckage, measuring about 2metres wide and 3metres long (6.6 by 9.8 feet).
The find has sparked speculation in the Thai media that the debris could belong to MH370, which disappeared with 239 people on board during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014.
There has been no official confirmation that the wreckage belongs to a plane.
The barnacle-covered piece of metal has some identifying features, which should help narrow down whether or not it came from a plane.
Then there is news that a metal fragment was found in a sandbank off Mozambique.
It was being taken to Australia where it will be examined by international specialists and officials from Malaysia.
So far in all narratives throughout this two years all we are seeing is caution, irritating silence, no substantive discovery or claim whatsoever!
To the airlines in the center of this tragedy and other controversies, which includes their attempt to stay strong as a brand, economically and business relevance – “It is too speculative at this point to comment?”
The Malaysian Transport Minister also urged caution.
Strangely, no one is paying attention to the sensitivity, rights, and interests, of the family members of 239 that are still missing presumed dead by idiotic and moronic decree?
Is it time to stop the rot and come out with the truth no matter, how unpalatable, distasteful or political havoc, it may result to the airline industry, stakeholders and the power politics and invincible hands behind, that manipulate moves which affects the course of history but in this case – to finally – tell the truth and give still mourning families a closure!